CLC publishes workforce guidance as free movement ends


The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published guidance for companies in the sector on how to manage the movement of people and workers into the UK from 1 January.


New Year’s Eve marks the end of the transition period, following the UK’s departure from the European Union in January this year.

From 1 January, UK employers will have to stick to new rules when recruiting workers from outside of the UK, including elsewhere in Europe.

The CLC’s said the guidance from its Brexit Working Group Movement of People Workstream summarises the key information all employers will need in advance, including:

  • an overview of the new points-based immigration system;
  • details of the Common Travel Area;
  • information about the Shortage Occupation List and the skilled worker route;
  • guidance on how to become a licensed sponsor;
  • information on the rights of EU, EEA and Swiss migrants;
  • information on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and the Construction Industry Scheme.

Graham Watts, chair of the Movement of People Workstream, said: ‘This has been a whole-industry effort with input from across the whole breadth of trade associations and professional bodies and it was a great pleasure to chair the workstream on behalf of the CLC.

‘It summarises all current advice across ten areas of interest connected to the movement of people to work and signposts all relevant current resources. We strongly commend the guidance to all employers in the construction industry.’

The guidance is the second publication in a suite of business readiness advice that the group intends to publish before the end of the year.


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